Women in the Surrealist Movement

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Taught by J.R. Pepper

JR Pepper is a Brooklyn born-and-raised artist, lecturer, researcher and self described 'professional eccentric'. She holds both a BA and an MA in art history specializing in Surrealism and spirit photography. Her artwork has been seen in various gallery shows, websites, album covers, and publications, including Haunted America:FAQ by Dave Thompson. She has spoken at lectured at a wide range of venues and conventions including New York Anime Festival, New York Comic Con, Tokyo in Tulsa, Catland Books, The Morbid Anatomy Museum and is a fellow and curator of the NY branch of Odd Salon. She currently works as an assistant and retoucher for The Burns Archive and is a tour guide at Green-wood Cemetery.

image credit: Bill Wadman

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This class is designed to give students a basic introduction to the female Surrealists, works, movements, and aesthetic theories the Surrealist Movement.

Some of the most mind-bending art ever developed during the Surrealist movement. However, the movement itself was largely made up of men. Despite this, there were women who quietly and not so quietly changed the movement forever. These women went beyond the femme fatale and femme enfant imagery encouraged by Andre Breton and fought for their place in the narrative. We will examine how their work illustrates the dynamic emotional landscapes within their subconscious and the surrounding chaos the impending World War.

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